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Crime and Safety in Rugby, Warwickshire

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Rugby is the safest major towns in Warwickshire, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of Warwickshire's 214 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rugby in 2021 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Warwickshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Warwickshire rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rugby is the 36th safest major town, and the 1,354th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Rugby had the worst crime rate in Warwickshire for bicycle theft, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Rugby residents, when it was Warwickshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Rugby recorded 19 reports of drugs during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst for drugs in Warwickshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rugby are violence and sexual offences, with 2,680 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 3.9% higher than 2020's figure of 2,576 offences and a difference of 1.41 from 2020's crime rate of 35. Rugby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 30 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 10% from 2020's figure of 33 crimes.

Rugby 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Warwickshire

20% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

3.3% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Rugby is 20% lower than the West Midlands and 3.3% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Rugby Crime Rate Over Time

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Rugby Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Rugby represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Rugby

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021745,473
2020755,552
2019836,152
2018815,964
2017775,709
2016674,947

Crime in Rugby Compared To Warwickshire

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Summary of Crimes in Rugby This Year

 RugbyWarwickshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,24016.7610,59818.34 9% safer
Bicycle Theft540.733420.59 19% more dangerous
Burglary1742.351,7493.03 29% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4566.163,5686.17 0.16% safer
Drugs2182.951,1521.99 33% more dangerous
Other Crime1101.498231.42 4.7% more dangerous
Other Theft4215.693,1245.41 4.9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons791.074620.80 25% more dangerous
Public Order5487.413,3775.84 21% more dangerous
Robbery710.962940.51 47% more dangerous
Shoplifting3354.531,9783.42 25% more dangerous
Theft From the Person300.411760.30 27% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2974.012,9815.16 29% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,68036.2316,58028.69 21% more dangerous

Rugby Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rugby5,47373.98-
Nuneaton6,99877.394.4% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rugby

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Recent Crimes in Rugby

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near York StreetFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bilton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Grendon DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Somers RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rowse CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cook CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fieldfare CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Hobley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Abbey StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Lawrence Sheriff StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oxford StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albert StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Adams StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Rugby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27232617 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.41.91.20.73 Safer
Burglary54.33.42.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10976 Safer
Drugs2.32.73.33.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.51.81.5 Safer
Other Theft7856 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.841.11.11.1 Getting worse
Public Order4.8567 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.681.30.870.96 Getting worse
Shoplifting8864.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.720.450.41 Safer
Vehicle Crime864.84.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30343536 Getting worse

Changes In Rugby's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Rugby's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Rugby that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Newbold Quarry Park11----01.2
The Millennium Green----1411
Whinfield Recreation Ground1----00.10

Comparing Rugby to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0810% safer
Rugby73.98-
Croydon82.4810% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0518% more dangerous
Bristol90.5218% more dangerous
Coventry102.2428% more dangerous
Leicester111.5934% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0640% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6443% more dangerous
Bradford132.2844% more dangerous
Leeds150.9451% more dangerous

Crime in Rugby's Neighbourhoods

Town North & Newbold on Avon is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Rugby, followed by Town South & School in second place, and Brownsover as the third most dangerous area. Rugby's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Eastlands, Hillmorton, and Overslade & Bilton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brownsover95692Third
Eastlands18031Eighth
Hillmorton54054Sixth
New Bilton64877Fifth
Overslade & Bilton44441Seventh
Town East56279Fourth
Town North & Newbold on Avon1,126149First
Town South & School641107Second

Rugby Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Rugby for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourOverslade & Bilton (91)Town North & Newbold on Avon (261)
Bicycle TheftNew Bilton (1)Town South & School (15)
BurglaryOverslade & Bilton (14)Town East (27)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEastlands (6)Town North & Newbold on Avon (107)
DrugsEastlands (4)Town North & Newbold on Avon (56)
Other CrimeHillmorton (6)Town North & Newbold on Avon (25)
Other TheftOverslade & Bilton (20)Town North & Newbold on Avon (113)
Possession of WeaponsEastlands (1)Town North & Newbold on Avon (17)
Public OrderEastlands (12)Town North & Newbold on Avon (135)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hillmorton (3)Town East (16)
ShopliftingTown East (3)Brownsover (133)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Eastlands (1)Town North & Newbold on Avon (8)
Vehicle CrimeOverslade & Bilton (14)Town East (46)
Violence and Sexual OffencesEastlands (98)Town North & Newbold on Avon (471)

Crime in Rugby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rugby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Rugby saw a 275% increase in drugs. Rugby saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 92% compared to October in 2019. Bicycle Theft saw a fall in every month of Rugby's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-15%+168%+53%+6%+1%-31%-1%+20%+35%+29%
Bicycle Theft-50%-50%-26%-8%-80%-46%-35%-92%+33%-17%
Burglary+6%-24%+5%+25%+18%-19%-67%-4%-31%-19%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-38%-33%-52%-9%+21%+14%-46%-29%-12%
Drugs+4%-30%+275%-10%+100%-27%+130%+88%+8%-27%
Other Crime-36%-22%+29%+186%-38%-17%-9%+14%+175%-
Other Theft-14%-56%-37%-46%-27%-40%-44%-38%-21%-55%
Possession of Weapons+83%-9%-43%-17%-13%+133%+100%-36%-63%+100%
Public Order-4%+8%-+50%+16%+83%-8%-13%+23%+29%
Robbery-33%-64%-25%+200%-11%-60%-69%-18%+80%-70%
Shoplifting-38%-69%-58%-30%-25%-52%-48%+90%+12%-45%
Theft From the Person-50%+100%-86%--75%+100%----
Vehicle Crime+21%-+38%-31%+3%+7%-70%-57%-58%-70%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%+14%+6%+19%+18%+9%-1%-21%-13%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rugby

What police force serves Rugby?
Rugby's local territorial police force is the Warwickshire Police.

How dangerous is Rugby?
Rugby is the safest major town in Warwickshire.

What is Rugby's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rugby are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Rugby?
Rugby's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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